Kenya Raila takes oath as People's President

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Mr. Odinga was sworn in on Tuesday surrounded by some 10,000 supporters in Uhuru Park in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

"The lesson for African leaders as a whole is that, Kenyatta did not send Police to disrupt the proceedings at Odinga's swearing-in".

Authorities appear to have opted for a media blackout of the event rather than deploy police to stop or disperse the meeting.

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA) raises his fist before taking a symbolic presidential oath of office in Nairobi, Kenya January 30, 2018.

KTN News, Citizen TV and radio, NTV, Inooro TV were switched off air on free-to-air platforms.

The Media Council of Kenya said in a statement the closures were "the greatest threat and assault on freedom of expression and media in Kenya's recent history".

Analyst William Atwell of the Frontier Strategy Group told CNBC that Odinga is not seriously attempting to stage a coup, but rather seeks to "remain relevant, gain media attention, and remain in the public eye".

Kenya's editor's guild said in a statement Monday that Kenyatta, in a private meeting with journalists and editors Friday, "expressly threatened to shut down and revoke the licenses of any media house" that would broadcast live Odinga's protest event.

Rights groups yesterday criticised the gagging of the media.

'Kenya is on a very slippery trajectory in regard to human rights, and president Kenyatta urgently needs to reverse this trend, Namwaya said.

In a short speech, lasting less than five minutes, Mr Odinga denounced "election stealing" and the country's "electoral autocracy", but he said little of his future plans. This act might engender violent consequences as it can be seen as treason.

Odinga was sworn in as people's president in the oath administered by Ruaraka Member of Parliament TJ Kajwang' and former Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Miguna Miguna. "This is betrayal in the city for "Jakom" (Raila), how can they abandon him", said one woman wearing a chain of plastic oranges.

Police Spokesman Charles Owino Owino confirmed that a stun grenade was hurled at Musyoka's home in the leafy Karen suburbs and two shots fired from a rifle.

"The investigations will extend to co-conspirators and facilitators", he said, promising appropriate legal action against those found culpable. The court cited irregularities and illegalities and said it ruled against Kenyatta because the electoral commission refused to open its computer system for court scrutiny.

First was an election on August 8, won by Kenyatta, which was annulled in a historic decision by the Supreme Court, which ordered a re-run on October 26.

It would be recalled that Odinga had declared that he will not recognize a win by President Uhuru Kenyatta in the controversial repeat poll that was held past year in October 26, which Odinga boycotted. This will not be tolerated.

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